Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up
Heart palpitations driving me nuts!
avatar
ethansmommy080213 posted:
Hi..I have been suffering from heart palpitations for four years now. As of late they have become more bothersome. All I feel is beat..beat..beat..BEAT(like a hard thump)..then back to normal. I feel several of these a day. I have been to the ER more times then I can count. I have had 5 ekgs in 3 weeks..only thing it mentioned on one was sinus tachycardia. I have had numerous blood work done to the point my arms are sore and bruised. They came back good. I have had 2 chest xrays, they came back good. They did a ct angiography to check for blood clots, that came back good. My heart rate jumps from just me standing from the sitting position. I feel like my balance is unsteady all the time. I feel like im swaying when laying down. I have this constant vibration through my body..I am currently on a 30 day event monitor to figure out the cause of these palpitations..I have echo and stress test scheduled tomorrow..no family history of heart disease..my father had high blood pressure though. This has me to the point where I am constantly on edge..worried something bad is gonna happen..cant sleep barely because I am worried about my health..I cant function properly anymore..my marriage and my kids are suffering because im on the couch most of the day..dont wanna move. I want my life back.i need 100% reassurance my heart is good. Please I need help. I am 28 years old..5 ft 1..146 lbs..dont smoke..dont drink..no caffeine..I am trying to eat better..I walk when I get time..I just want to get better. I have three kids and a husband who need me. Any ideas on what this could be?
Reply
 
avatar
cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:

"I need 100% reassurance my heart is good."

This can obviously only come from having all the appropriate diagnostic tests performed.

"My heart rate jumps from just me standing from the sitting position."

If it jumps past 100 beats per minute (BPM), it may/could be a specific condition known as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).

As applicable (must be 100% confirmed, diagnosed)

POTS: An Overview

http://www.dinet.org/pots_an_overview.htm


More about POTS

POTS is defined as a clinically significant increase in heart rate (anywhere from occurring immediately or to within 10-30 minutes) upon standing from a lying down or sitting position.

The length/duration of time patients diagnosed with POTS can comfortably stand varies widely from one individual to another.


"All I feel is beat..beat..beat..BEAT(like a hard thump)..then back to normal"


As applicable to the patient, the most common type of palpitations, premature ventricular contractions (occurs even in many heart-healthy individuals), is described that the heart is flip-flopping, fluttering, jumping, pausing or stopping briefly (though it's actually not doing that), pounding, skipping, thumping, or strong, hard, or forceful beats being felt in the chest, neck, throat, and has various causes (cardiac and non-cardiac) or triggers. Sometimes, the cause is deemed by doctors as "idiopathic", meaning no known cause/cause unknown.

Most often, PVCs are harmless, be it isolated (single), couplets (2-in-row), triplets (3-in-a-row) or salvos (short bursts of 3 or more in-a-row), bigeminy (occurring every other beat), trigeminy (occurring every third beat), quadrigeminy (occurring every fourth beat), etc., etc.

However, the main problem or concern (even more so, much more emphasized for those with certain major or serious heart conditions) with PVCs is if/when sustained ventricular tachycardia (runs of PVCs over 30 seconds) occurs.

Symptoms that may/can occur with PVCs includes none at all or chest pain/discomfort/pressure/tightness, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness or dizziness, and in uncommon to rare cases, near-syncope or syncope (temporary loss of consciousness, includes fainting and passing out).

Additionally, of the various types/kinds of heart conditions, some which can occur at ANY AGE, symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic) or even be silent.

Best of luck down the road of life. Live long and prosper.

Take care,

CardioStar*

WebMD member (since 8/99)



-

-

Be well-informed


MedicineNet - We Bring Doctors' Knowledge to You

Palpitations (PACs, PVCs)

http://www.medicinenet.com/Palpitations/article.htm

eHealthMD

Palpitations

http://www.ehealthmd.com/library/palpitations/PAL_whatis.html


Learn about the heart's delicate and precise electrical conduction system

Animated Tutorial

http://www.your-doctor.com/healthinfocenter/medical-conditions/cardiovascular/conductiontutorial.html

Heart Rhythm Society

Patient and Public Information Center

http://www.hrspatients.org/patients

-

WebMD

Heart Disease Types

Men and Women

Acquired in life or congenital (born with it)

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-disease-men

Heart Disease SYMPTOMS

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/heart-disease-symptoms


LEARN ABOUT the Heart


WebMD

The Heart: (Human Anatomy) Pictures, Definition, Location in the Body and Heart Problems

http://www.webmd.com/heart/picture-of-the-heart


HeartSite

Heart info, cardiac tests (commonly performed, mainstream types) info, actual diagnostic images.

http://www.heartsite.com

.


Quote!

"Be a questioning patient. TALK to your DOCTOR and ASK QUESTIONS. Studies show that patients who ask the most questions, and are most assertive, get the best results. Be vigilant and speak up!"

- Charles Inlander, People's Medical Society

.

It's your future......be there.

. .

WebMD/WebMD forums DOES NOT provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


Featuring Experts

James Beckerman, MD, FACC, is a cardiologist at the Providence St. Vincent Heart Clinic in Portland, OR. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard Col...More

Helpful Tips

Nix Grapefruit & Statin DrugsExpert
Grapefruit & statin drugs can be a bad combination. Unlike other citrus fruits, grapefruit contains substances that disable certain ... More
Was this Helpful?
13 of 15 found this helpful

Expert Blog

The Heart Beat - James Beckerman, MD, FACC

Dr. James Beckerman shares how small, livable lifestyle changes can have a real impact on your risk of heart attack and stroke...Read More

Related News

There was an error with this newsfeed

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the Duke Health General and Consultative Heart Care Center